Meyer To Remain In Florida: Where Does Notre Dame Turn Now?

Henry BallSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators directs play against the Florida International University Golden Panthers, November 21, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

ESPN is reporting that Urban Meyer will remain at Florida, in his own words, "for as long as they will have me!"

The announcement coming after rampant speculation that Meyer would be the primary target for Jack Swarbrick, Notre Damn's Athletic Director, who is expected to terminate current head coach Charlie Weis at the end of this season.

Swarbrick has not publicly acknowledged that Weis will be fired, only that "the football program will be evaluated at the end of the season."

If the evaluation includes a review of the expectations set by Charlie Weis himself,who said theat he was not hired to go 6-5 and that 6-5 wasn't good enough,then it can't be good for Weis who is currently 6-5.

Assuming the Fighting Irish blogosphere is correct, he will be out.

Names for his replacement have ranged from Urban Meyer to Bob Stoops and a possible return of the Doctor, Lou Holtz.  After all, he is only 72 years old and is mostly coherent in ESPN's Gameday courtroom,where he regularly annihilates co-analyst Mark May with superior football knowledge and wisdom.

Will an aging Irish icon be roaming the sidelines under the watchful eye of touchdown Jesus next year? Probably not.

It will not likely be Charlie Weis or Urban Meyer either so the big question is, who's the next target for the Irish?

By Henry Ball (aka Southern Man and CFB Czar) Featured Columnist and Syndicated Writer

Henry contributes to Bleacher Report, College Gameday Network, and other Sports Media outlets.